Hand Made Crafted Piglet on wall - Pie Bird Funnel

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Hand Made Crafted Piglet - Pie Bird Funnel

Hand Made Crafted Piglet on wall - Pie Bird Funnel

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This is a beautifully sculptural Pie Funnel / Pie Bird that is individually handmade by me in my workshop.  

What a great centre piece for a ham pie!!  (I do make pie dishes as well).  

My Grandad was a farmer and I grew up with pigs arround me, what wonderful characters they were - all individual.  I love making these and I try to replicate this image in my work.

I start by throwing the traditional pie funnel base on my potters wheel.  

The next stage is to sculpt / model in clay the piglet.  I start with a ball of clay which is modeled into the basic body shape.  The legs are added next followed by the eyes and ears.  All the textured features are added with a special modelling tool. 

Finally the nose is modelled in and its amazing how the piglet instantly comes to life, developing its own character. The the pile is built up to create fun/comical piles of piglets. (I'm designing a big pile - watch this space!!)

I usually make these in groups of three and it is amazing how they all turn out differently.

The completed piglet is then attached to the pie funnel base. 

This is a functional piece

Please note: I do NOT use slip casting molds 

The piece is then put to one side for about a week to thoroughly dry.  At this point I decorated in the Gloucester Old Spot colours.

After glazing the piece is fired in my kiln to 1250 C

Dimensions height approx 4"  x width 2.5" (60mm)  , 


Enquire about this item: steve@stevewoodheadceramics.co.uk

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